Message From The Author

Susan Wiggs

Genre: General Mainstream Fiction, Mainstream

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Author's Message

People come to writing at all stages
of life. It's possible to meet authors who can't legally drink to celebrate their success (Kathleen Windsor was 17 when she started writing Forever Amber), and novelists who qualify for senior citizen discounts on their Cristal (remember Helen Hooven Santmyer's And
Ladies of the Club?).

Passing Through Paradise features a writer who first put pen to paper because of a devastating personal problemand that's only the start of her troubles! Sandra Babcock once had it all: a writing career and a fairytale marriage to Victor Winslow, the favorite son of a town called Paradise and
a politician who could do no wrong. Then an accident took Victor's life, and everyone blamed Sandra.

Hounded by the press, Sandra decides she's had enough of Paradise. Her only way out of the nightmare is to rebuild and sell her Victorian beach house at the edge of town. She hires contractor Mike Malloy, a single dad fighting for his children. He can't ignore his fascination with the mysterious writer who pens magical children's books in
a self-imposed exile.

The last thing Sandra expects is to fall in love again, yet Mike reawakens all her hopes and dreams. But can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to the community that shuns her,
a man determined to discover her deepest secrets?

Sandra has some of my own quirks, like writing longhand, in peacock-blue ink, and keeping that draft in the freezer (in case the house burns down). She also meets a girl who, as my daughter once did, believes that words are stored inside her pen and the only way to unlock them is to write.

One of Sandra's most endearing habits is making lists, such as "Ten Things to Eat Without Cooking," "Ten Lies I've Told my Therapist," "Ten Things to Say to a Phone Solicitor," "Ten Things my Mother Taught Me," and "Ten Things to Do With the Rest of My Life..."

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